Robin Williams died at the age of 63. He was one of the best, if not the best, comedian that you will ever saw in any Hollywood movies. Today, the world is saddened by his death.
Here are few of the Robin Williams fun facts that you should know about.
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian who rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy.
When he auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork on “Happy Days”, producer Garry Marshall told him to sit down. Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair. Marshall hired him, saying that he was the only alien who auditioned.
During the making of “Mork & Mindy”, Williams departed from the scripts and ad libbed so many times and so well, that the producers stop trying to make him stick to the script and deliberately left gaps in the later scripts leaving only “Mork can go off here” in those places so Robin could improvise.
Robin Williams is a huge fan of the sport of Rugby Union, and in particular New Zealand All Black star Jonah Lomu, who flew to San Francisco and gifted him with a signed All Black jersey. On a recent visit to New Zealand they were reunited on national television, Williams humbly accepting another All Black jersey, except this time it had Jonah’s number 11 on the back.
Robin Williams got a comedy (music/song) album “Reality… What a Concept”. It was released at the year of 1979. Williams won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album that year.
After having won the Academy Award for Good Will Hunting (1997), he sent Peer Augustinski (who is his standard German dubbing voice) a little Oscar replica with a note: “Thank you for making me famous in Germany”. He was really that kind hearted and very humble person.
Williams attended Claremont Men’s College. He was a soccer player back then.
At the year of 1996, he reached a unique milestone by having two of his films reach the $100-million mark in the United States exactly the same week: “Jumanji” and “The Birdcage”.
Williams was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” by his fellow graduates at Larkspur. Look what he achieve now until his death.
Early in his career, he told a reporter that he was born in Scotland. His original press releases do indeed list Scotland as his place of birth. He admits now that he was “under the influence” at the time he said this. He was really born in Chicago.
One week after Christopher Reeve’s tragic horse riding accident, Robin visited him in the hospital. However, he was dressed from head to toe in scrubs, spoke with a Russian accent, and had a surgical mask on. He was acting as if he was a real doctor and did a bunch of wacky antics. After he took off his mask, Reeve stated that, “That was the first time he laughed since the accident!”. Williams, indeed, touched lots of lives with his talent and skills.
Most of his dialogue in “Aladdin” is ad-libbed.
At year of 1993, he wrote the foreword to Gary Larson’s book, “The Far Side: Gallery 4”.
Robin Williams invented the curse word “Shazbot”, first heard on the situation comedy “Mork & Mindy” (in which Mork says the expression during the opening credits). Later, it was used in an episode of “The Simpsons” (Treehouse of Horror VI) with the Production Code 3F04, which aired on 10/30/95. In 1998, it was used as a voice chat option in the very popular “Starsiege Tribes” game and was carried over into the sequels “Tribes 2” and “Tribes: Vengeance”. Incidently, “shazbot, nano nano” also remain the last recorded words of the legendary former singer of AC/DC Bon Scott (1946-1980), still available on the album “Highway to Hell”.
Robin Williams checked himself into rehab to be treated for alcoholism. He already overcome a drug and alcohol addiction in the 1980s. He left rehab in September 2006.
Robin Williams was frequently called up by Steven Spielberg when he was filming “Schindler’s List”. He would put him on speaker phone so he could tell jokes to the cast and crew to cheer them up. He used his character in “Aladdin” most of the time. Schindler’s List movie is full of sadness and emotion and the cast and crew are overwhelmed by it so they need some comic relief.
Is a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series since the first game appeared in 1986, and even named his daughter Zelda, after the eponymous character. Both Robin and Zelda appeared in a commercial for “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword”.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 12, 1990.
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